Future of the Whoniverse
Series Five of Doctor Who may now be over, but it doesn’t mean the end of the Whoniverse. In fact, there’s still plenty to look forward to over the next few months and beyond. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up leading all the way up to the Sixth Series.
The Adventure Games
Coming soon, we have two more Adventure Games. Unlike the first two, episodes three and four will feature entirely new monsters created especially for the games. No word on release dates yet, but consider that the space between the first two releases was under a month. We could be looking at a late July release for episode three and late August for episode four.
The Sarah Jane Adventures
In Autumn, The Sarah Jane Adventures will return for a 12-part fourth series. The old gang is back although there will be some key cast departures this year. The Eleventh Doctor will make an appearance in the intriguingly titled Death of the Doctor written by Russell T Davies. Companion of the third Doctor, Jo Grant, is also returning. SJA has traditionally aired around September/October.
Steven Moffat is writing this year’s Christmas episode and has vaguely described it as “the most Christmassy Christmas special there’ll ever be”. There are rumours the Yeti returning based on some concept art from Peter Mckinstry’s site, but he has actually confirmed this was for the Doctor Who DVD Files Magazine and not the Christmas special. Perhaps the Doctor will find himself on the Orient Express – in outer space – chasing an Egyptian goddess. Or it could have just been a throwaway scene at the end of The Big Bang.
Series 6 is expected to air in Spring 2011. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan return (presumably with Arthur Darvill as Rory). It’s a long time off but we’ll be keeping a close eye on filming which is set to begin in July. We might get a glimpse at Matt Smith’s costume tweak that he recently hinted at. Will a fez be part of the new attire? Not if River Song’s about!
The fourth series of Torchwood was confirmed at the start of the month and will feature the return of Captain Jack and Gwen, with stories this time taking place internationally. Unfortunately Torchwood is even further off than Series 6 of Doctor Who, with a rough Summer 2011 start date mooted.